Loyola Family Coat of Arms:
Wolves and Cauldron
You may have noticed an interesting image on one of the handles of the Door of Grace – that of two wolves over a cauldron. This is none other than an adaptation of what is found on the coat of arms of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s family.
Many years ago, in the Basque country of Spain, there lived a prosperous and generous family who, after feeding family, the poor and soldiers, had enough to feed even the wild animals. To commemorate this act of generosity, a carving of two wolves eating at a cauldron was placed over the lintel of the family’s home in Loyola, Spain. In Spanish, the word for wolf is “lobo”, and the word for pot is “olla”. Therefore, “the wolves and the pot” would be “lobo-y-olla” or Loyola.
Centuries later, St. Ignatius of Loyola would be born into this family. Growing up, his own spirit of generosity was developed by their influence, but through his own spiritual conversion, he desired more. As a young man, he resolved to follow God with all his heart, realizing his desire for God above all else. From there, he began a journey that would lead him to establish the Jesuit order and change the world.
Here at the Church of St. Ignatius, Singapore, for our Jubilee year, we draw inspiration from the generosity of the Loyola family and St. Ignatius’ example of seeking God above all things. Our symbol for our Jubilee year is derived from the Loyola family’s coat of arms, and our slogan “ABOVE ALL, SEEK GOD”. We look back toward the Loyola family roots, while keeping our eyes focused on God, as St. Ignatius did.